Ascent of Round Mountain on 2017-04-16
|Others in Party:||Eric Johnson|
|Date:||Sunday, April 16, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5320 ft / 1621 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrove to the winter start which is at a barricaded bridge on a forest road south of the peak. Another trip report recommended parking at the junction saying that the 0.4 mi to the bridge has fallen trees. Some encroaching debris was encountered and one small tree was crossing the road; however, it was not difficult to make it all the way. Based on some of a trash found at the bridge, my guess is that locals go up there so the road gets periodically cleared.
The route is well documented elsewhere. In short, it was a straightforward albeit steep ascent through forested slopes up to the ridge. The snow line was encountered around 3500 ft, after which snow was sustained and deep. Snowshoes were not needed until the south ridge was reached. Surprisingly, the snow on the ridge was not wind scoured and quite deep. Even with snowshoes we were post holing through some sections. Signs of instability were encountered on a few south-facing slopes, which were carefully traversed by staying near stands of trees. Despite being named Round Mountain, the summit was substantially corniced with the cornice extending off to the north. The extent of the cornice could only be seen by descending the NW ridge and traversing around.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4216 ft / 1284 m|
| Extra Gain:||268 ft / 81 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.2 mi / 11.6 km|
| Route:||South Ridge|
| Trailhead:||1640 ft / 499 m|
| Route Conditions:||Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Clear|
| Time:||5 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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